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Aquatic centres look to increase usage of solar power
The increasing popularity of solar power in Australian aquatic facilities is a reflection of how commercial venues are eager to embrace renewable energy sources.
To meet this demand, Supreme Heating is offering an innovative, game-changing solution that will eradicate the need to install fossil fuel technologies, such as heat pumps, in aquatic facilities,
The ground-breaking Heatseeker DualSun will not only heat the swimming pool but will also provide a reliable source of renewable energy for the facility.
Traditionally, two separate solar-panel systems have been used for heating the pool and powering the venue.
Conventional strip systems and rigid panels circulate water through the collector so it absorbs heat before returning to the pool at an optimum temperature. Solar panels that power the venue comprise many connected units called photovoltaic (PV) cells. The PV cells collect solar energy when exposed to sunlight and convert it into direct-current (DC) electricity. This electricity is then converted into alternating-current (AC) power for use in the facility. Surplus energy can be fed into a battery storage system for later use.
In traditional designs, the efficiency of standard PV panels decreases as their surface temperature rises. Supreme Heating has found a way to combat this counterintuitive situation with a European design that uses the pool water to cool the PV panels so they can continue producing energy at optimum efficiency, even on the hottest of days.
By making the most of sunny days, the innovative Heatseeker DualSun system produces up to four times more energy than a standard PV panel.
Designed and manufactured in France, DualSun features an internal heat exchanger. Pool water is circulated through the heat exchanger, so it absorbs excess heat from the panel before returning to the pool.
Supreme Heating Business Development Manager Peter Alderton explains “as a result, the water is heated while simultaneously cooling the panel and allowing the PV electrical generation to be maintained at peak performance.
“This process increases PV efficiency by up to 20%.”
The hybrid system not only neutralises the cost of heating the swimming pool, but can save thousands of dollars on energy consumption annually. Additionally, choosing a sustainable system with which to power the venue and heat the pool will significantly help reduce carbon emissions on a broader scale.
Developed by experienced European engineers, the ultra-thin design is approved by Australia’s Clean Energy Council.
As Alderton adds “it is in the best interests of the industry and the venue that they choose renewable energy in the form of solar.”
This is why Supreme Heating will push for the Australian Government to certify the DualSun as an ‘energy neutral’ system. The aim is to create additional financial incentives for facilities to install renewable energy systems such as DualSun.
With Australia’s infrastructure becoming more self-sufficient and solar energy proving to be the cheapest generator of electricity, the collective shift to solar power is inevitable. In the next five years, Alderton predicts there will be continual advances in solar-cell technology and energy storage. It’s also likely that new solar applications will be available for facilities, as well as more efficient, innovative and compact panel designs that will minimise roof coverage. For forward-thinking facility managers, now is the time to integrate renewable forms of energy into all facets of your venue, including the swimming pool.
Generating up to four times more energy than a standard PV system, the Heatseeker DualSun system is a key player in the move towards self-sufficient power and heating for swimming pools. Supreme Heating’s revolutionary product will not only keep Australia’s pool industry flourishing in the long term, but will also allow guests to fully enjoy your swimming facilities into the future without the burden of rising energy costs.
Click here for further details on the Heatseeker DualSun and to contact Supreme Heating via their entry in the Australasian Leisure Management Supplier Directory.
Image: Heatseeker DualSun rooftop installation.
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